So I'm back in Berlin. :) My parents drove me up on Thursday night and we spent a lovely weekend before they went back home on Sunday. We even had room in the car to take my great-grandma's sewing machine!
I also finished my first Fall Essential, although it could be said that really, to call it that would be cheating. It was already half-finished last spring, but still required some hand sewing...
It's a cowl-necked knit dress, possibly a bit to short to be worn with tights but fine with leggins. I traced the pattern from my favorite boat-necked top (which, incidentally, is almost the same color) and just lengthened it. The cowl-neck construction was a bit of an experiment, I tried a few different things before tacking down the top layer by hand... The color and fabric make me really happy. It's a very heavy knit I found in The Fabric Store in Sydney. In hindsight, I might have added bust darts because it doesn't stretch all that much. I'm fine with the overall fit, though...
I also wore a very old dress again - the second one I ever made. I had trouble with the shoulder seams (always check the instructions, even if you're making a pattern for the second time!) and consequently it ended up a little short, and fitting strangely in the back and bust. I love the fabric, though, so I may have to turn it into a skirt instead...
I passed by the (unknown to me) fabric section of a department store with my mom on Saturday, and was really admiring their fall/winter fabric selection. Lots of cute double knits in all colors, and even pullover-weight cable knits, lots of lovely wool, curderoys... I saw some cute purple plaid and had the most lovely idea for a long-sleeved, knit yoke Macaron! Thinking of my stash, I didn't buy any fabric (I'll be back, though!) but I checked my stash and I actually have coordinating plaid/knit fabric in both blue and teal!
Option one, a teal plaid from some Walmart in Kentucky, that I had actually had in mind for a shirtdress at some point, and a teal jersey from the Maybachufer Market in Berlin:
And option two, blue plaid fabric from IKEA that were either going to become a shirtdress or pajamas, and some navy double knit from I forgot where:
There's also some navy-and-orange flower print fabric on its way to me - handed down from my boyfriends grannie - that might go well with the navy double knit.
What do you think? Good idea? Silly? Nice combinations, but surely not for a Macaron? (Patty made a really cute one with a knit yoke, and I've been thinking of combining the leftovers of my green knit wrap dress with my strawberry print for ages...)
What combination would you go for?